Low Carbon Oxford Projects
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Working with Communities - the Low Carbon Hub
As a result of a Low Carbon Oxford project to support community groups to take action on carbon reduction, the Low Carbon Hub was developed and launched in December 2011.
For more information on community groups in Oxfordshire and to get support for your community group visit the Low Carbon Hub website.
You can also sign up to receive the fortnightly ebulletin, The Key, from the Low Carbon Hub website which contains all the latest news, and information on up-coming events, funding and jobs.
Green Deal Dialogue
Reducing the energy demand of households in Oxford is a big part of reducing the city’s overall emissions. Retrofitting homes in Oxford to make them more energy efficient will not only save carbon but also improve the health and wellbeing of local residents and reduce the cost of their fuel bills. The government’s Green Deal framework, launched earlier this year, will enable private firms to offer consumers energy efficiency improvements to their homes, community spaces and businesses at no upfront cost, and recoup payments through a charge in instalments on the energy bill.
At a local level, the Green Deal will enable many households and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their properties without consuming so much energy and wasting so much money. Low Carbon Oxford’s Green Deal Plus project is concerned with how the Green Deal will work in Oxford and with understanding how we can get the most out of the Green Deal for businesses and homeowners in Oxford.
An initial collaborative workshop on the Green Deal was held in May 2011 and Oxford City Council are working with the Low Carbon Hub, The Energy Saving Co-op and Low Carbon Barton to deliver a Green Deal Plus pilot project to retrofit homes and help tackle fuel poverty in one of Oxford's most deprived areas - Barton. The Warming Barton project offers FREE energy assessments to householders in Barton, with an aim of providing free energy efficiency measures in hard-to-treat properties through ECO (Energy Company Obligation) funding. If you live in Barton and would like to participate in the scheme and receive a free energy assessment please contact the Low Carbon Hub.
West Oxford Energy Event
A successful pilot event aimed at engaging businesses and other organisations in West Oxford on energy saving was held on Wednesday 20th March at the Kings Centre. The event, open to all SMEs and other organisations in West Oxford, was organised jointly by Pathfinders Low Carbon West Oxford, Oxford Bus Company and Oxford City Council (link to all their websites).
Presentations from Concept Energy on the energy assessment of the Kings Centre and from Oxford Bus Company on their inspiring 20% carbon reduction achievement and groundbreaking RIBAS driver training programme can be found below:
Non-domestic Green Deal Presentation (PDF)
Oxford Bus Company Presentation (PDF)
For up-to-date information on the government's Green Deal visit the GOV.UK website.
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Government grant awarded to boost energy improvements in Oxford
Oxford City Council has been awarded £310,000 from the Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to further boost energy efficiency projects in the city.
The funding will be used to expand the Warming Barton pilot project which aims to help householders save energy and create warmer homes in the city's most deprived area.
Funding will also be used to create a local Green Deal Task Force to develop further Green Deal projects to improve energy efficiency across the city in Oxford's unique portfolio of buildings.
More information is available on our News pages.
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Oxford City Council's Environmental Development department on behalf of Low Carbon Oxford, recently commissioned the groundbreaking FoodPrinting Oxford report - a fascinating investigation into the sustainability of Oxford's food system written by local expert Tom Curtis of Landshare.
FoodPrinting Oxford calculates the resources and risks involved with Oxford's food supply, and explores how best to make the city's food system more reliable. A copy of the report can be downloaded below:
Food Printing Oxford Report (2.8MB PDF)
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Investment in renewable energy is essential in ensuring Oxford's sustainable energy supplies now and in the future. The government's Feed In Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive mean that there is now a potential financial return - as well as a carbon return - from deploying renewable technologies.
The City Council - in conjunction with Local Partnerships and TV Energy - has developed outline business cases for renewable technologies such as photovoltaic and biomass.
The learning from this project is being shared with other public sector and Low Carbon Oxford partners in Oxford to encourage action to take-up these technologies locally and reduce carbon emissions toward the target 40% by 2020.
As an earlier part of this project a workshop was held in May 2011 at Unipart to share learning about how feed-in tariffs could work for some of our partners. The presentation from Alan Sadler of Local Partnerships can be downloaded below:
Low Carbon Oxford Presentation - May 2011 (771kB PDF)
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Energy Efficiency Forum
Led by MINI Plant Oxford, the Energy Efficiency Forum is a sharing of ideas between leading energy and carbon managers from private and public sectors. This meeting of minds is all about sharing best practice and ideas in terms of technology and people engagement. The key topic areas so far are outlined below. If you would like to get involved and meet like-minded people from other Pathfinder organisations, please contact us on 01865 252564 or email email@example.com and we will put you in touch with the relevant lead contacts.
||Current Lead Pathfinders
||Air Handling Units - Heat Recovery
||Gavin Hodgson, Oxford Brookes
||Heating Control Optimisation
||Simon Grafton, Grafton Merchanting
||Chris Lodge, MINI Plant Oxford
||Pete Everill, BMW Hams Hall
||Getting the most out of data
||Paul Spencer, Oxford City Council
||Capturing Good Data Quality
||Darrell Marchand, Oxfordshire County Council
|People & skills
||Isaac Adjei, Oxford Bus Company
||Rebecca Garner, Serco
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Transport Link for the Eastern Arc of Oxford
Oxfordshire County Council will be leading a project, working with pathfinders to improve the public transport links around the Lye Valley and Cowley Marsh areas of Oxford, which are currently poor.
These Eastern areas of Oxford host several large commercial and industrial areas employing thousands of staff who commute from various parts of the City as well as from outside of Oxford.
Expanding and modifying existing bus routes or introducing new ones that meet the needs to commuters around the Eastern Arc would mean decreased reliance on car transport and lower carbon emissions.
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Low Carbon Oxford held its first seminar on Decentralised Energy on 19 July 2013 organised by the Carbon Trust and Oxfordshire County Council. Pathfinder organisations from across the City were introduced to the policies, technologies and benefits of local energy and heat networks, and heard about how decentralised energy is already being embraced by Oxford University and Oxford Brookes. The objective of the seminar was to look into opportunities for decentralised energy in Oxford and to kick start collaborations between pathfinders to develop future heat and energy networks in the city.
The inspiring presentations from the event can be found below:
Carbon Trust Part 1 - current policy, technologies and business models (PDF)
Carbon Trust Part 2 - project development process and support (PDF)
Oxford Brookes University - Low Carbon Heating (PDF)
Contact: Nick King, Oxfordshire County Council firstname.lastname@example.org
Heat Network Development Unit Roadshow Presentation
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has set up a Heat Network Development Unit (HNDU).
In autumn 2013, it will be calling for applications to a fund intended to support local authorities who want to develop heat networks.
They have recently organised a series of road shows to describe what they've been up to and the likely criteria for the fund.
Heat Network Delivery Unit Roadshows Presentation (PDF)
Both Oxford City Council and Cherwell District Council (for Bicester) are considering making applications to the fund.
Page last updated 9 August 2013